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small stools consiting of round, hard balls clumped together--cause

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small stools consiting of round, hard balls clumped together--cause for alarm? alternating constipation/diahhrea symptoms also
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.David replied 5 years ago.
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Since how long you have these symptoms?
Have you undergone any tests so far?
Ever colonoscopy done?
Ever blood in stool?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
no tests--symptoms about one month--no blood in stool--colonoscopy clear 7 yrs ago
Expert:  Dr.David replied 5 years ago.
Changes in bowel habits can have many causes.Small stools consisting of round, hard balls clumped together are common symptoms of constipation. The changes may simply be related to lack of fiber or water in the diet.
Changes in bowel habits can have many causes ranging from the not-so-serious to the very serious.This can be due to inflammatory bowel disease(IBD) or colon cancer.
It would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me where I provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information.I hope you understand.
The symptoms you are having should not be ignored.You need:stool test,ultrasound of abdomen,repeat colonoscopy, endoscopy,EGD,barium meal studies & barium follow through tests are required.
Exact diagnosis can only be made after physical & clinical examination.So I advice you to make an early appointment with your gastro doctor for these tests & examination to know the exact cause & then treatment will be done accordingly.
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